[ISN] Cybersecurity Alliance Gains Momentum

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Date: Wed Mar 13 2002 - 23:38:33 PST

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    Cybersecurity Alliance Gains Momentum
    Wednesday, March 13, 2002
    By Gail Repsher Emery,
    Washington Technology Staff Writer
    The National Cyber Security Alliance, a partnership between the
    federal government and private-sector companies, announced March 12
    that its membership has more than doubled in its first month, with 40
    new companies joining. The alliance now has 78 members.
    The alliance's Stay Safe Online Campaign Web site,
    www.staysafeonline.info, has received more than 2 million hits since
    its launch one month ago.
    The alliance is a cooperative effort between industry and government
    organizations to foster awareness of cybersecurity through educational
    outreach and public awareness. Its members are working to raise
    citizen awareness of the critical role computer security plays in
    protecting the nation's Internet infrastructure, and to encourage
    computer users to protect their home and small business systems.
    The alliance is asking industry to encourage consumers to check their
    computer security when the time changes twice yearly. The change to
    daylight savings time occurs April 7.
    "In this digital age, computer safety checks should be as routine as
    checking smoke detectors, the locks on your door or the brakes in your
    car. Checking computer safety is vital to protecting consumers," said
    Richard Clarke, special adviser to the president for cyberspace
    Computer viruses, such as "Code Red," "Melissa" and "I Love You," have
    brought millions of computer systems to a standstill, hindering
    businesses and government and frustrating millions of Americans.
    Citizens can contribute to cybersecurity nationwide by taking
    precautions like using virus protection software every day.
    The www.staysafeonline.info Web site provides tips, alerts, safety
    checklists, protective measures and other information to promote safe
    and responsible computer use.
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